College Days Insights

The Almighty Diskette

Diskettes never fail to amaze me. They are still used today ever since floppy disk technology was introduced in 1971. That\’s 35 years of computer history and they still live on. The 3½-inches microfloppy diskette HD (high density) is probably one of the most popular floppy disk format and is the most expensive storage medium per megabyte today. A generic CD-R costs less than P10 while a floppy diskette normally costs around P25…. w00t!

And I always contemplate why diskettes endure to last for over three decades… Today, I realize it\’s still useful.

Our Java laboratory is not linked in the internet which made it impossible for us, students and professors alike, to upload our exercises and laboratory files elsewhere. The expensive Sun Blade sparc 64-bit PCs do not even have a CD-writer. My classmates and I tried to plug our USB flash disks but no one has successfully mounted one. You see, our Java and Solaris laboratory is \”prestigious\” because only a number of students are priveleged to get hands on experience with one of the Sun Blades…. It\’s just so pathetic that we can only use diskette to backup our laboratory files.

I thank Glenn for his almighty diskette, I managed to retrieve my laboratory files today that is very much needed for our test next week. :)

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By Marck V.

Filipino IT consultant on enterprise software. On his spare time he do web project management, photography and blogging. Web 2.0 enthusiast.